Do you like to think back on the good times in the past? Recent studies suggest nostalgia might be good for a person’s psychological health.
Researchers from the University of Southhampton found that being nostalgic appeared to give the participants higher self-esteem, and increase the feeling of being loved and protected by others.
Another recent finding is that nostalgia counteracts effects of loneliness by increasing perceptions of social support, and that loneliness itself can trigger it.
The theory is that nostalgia may provide people with a positive view of the past, and thereby give them a greater sense of continuity and meaning to their lives.
The researchers believe that nostalgia may also acquire greater significance in old age –older adults are especially vulnerable to social isolation and nostalgia may help them overcome feelings of loneliness.
Bottom line according to psychologists: Nostalgia is now emerging as a fundamental human strength.